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Let's build a searchable, archivable, database of AWDG events, talks, videos, members, and supporters.
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164 backers pledged $18,875 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretch Goal Time!

Thanks to everyone who pledged to get us this far. We're excited for what the future holds for the group. Next step? Let's get to $21,500 so we can finish our 501(c)3 filing and be a registered non-profit organization.

That would mean your event tickets, contributions, and sponsorships would be tax deductible. Pretty sweet, eh? We think so, too.

So pledge now, spread the word, and/or increase your pledge to help us get there!

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The premier organization for web professionals in the southeast.

With over 2600 members, the Atlanta Web Design Group is the largest community of web designers, developers, marketers, and creative people in the southeast, and one of the largest in the country. It’s time we had our own website to document the events we hold and showcase the talents of our members.

Face it, we’re a group of web professionals without our own website.

We want to build a simple and powerful website to provide information about upcoming events, archive videos and slide decks from past events, and give members a better way to connect with each other.

What's wrong with Meetup or Eventbrite?

Both are good systems, but they lack a lot of that would help us tremendously. A few examples: 

  • Atlanta is huge. If there's an event in one part of the city we should be able to email just the people who live nearby, not the whole group.
  • There's no good way to find other members. Say you're looking for someone to help with a JavaScript project. There's no way to search for other members.
  • Speaking of members, wouldn't it be nice to pay once per year and be able to attend all our regular events without having to go through Paypal every, single, time? 
  • And we could have different ticket types for different members (think student, group, and corporate discounts).
  • The biggie: Videos! We'd like to build an archive of all the talks we host. There's no good way to host or embed videos on past event pages.
  • Plus, face it. Meetup isn't all that attractive or easy to use. We're good at this. We can make something beautiful and user friendly.
  • And lastly, because what we build will be open source, you (and anyone around the world) can help make it better!

But why not just use Wordpress (or something else), you ask?

We've tried all kinds of off the shelf systems and they all lack something. Wordpress is good for a blog, but not so good for event registration and community membership. Trust us. We've played with all the plugins and there's always something that doesn't quite work right. 

Besides, like we already said. We're a group of professional web designers and developers. We can totally make this!

Event Pages

Event pages would work much like they do on Meetup or Eventbrite, but with several important differences. 

  • Members who have a yearly membership will be able to RSVP with just one click. No more dealing with Paypal for every event.
  • Multiple ticket types. For example: We can have tickets with different prices for people who want food and those who don't. 
  • Multiple ticket discounts and special coupon codes.
  • Non-members will be able to RSVP to events without joining the group so they can come see what we do with no strings attached.
  • And we’ll be able to offer multiple ticket types and discounts based on any criteria we want.

We'll film and post every talk.

Anyone who's followed us for a while knows we consistently bring in great people from all over the country to speak about a wide variety of topics. When this campaign succeeds (cause you know it will), we'll start recording every talk in HD and post the videos, slide decks, and notes on the website for our members. Before long, there will be a great archive of talks to refer to whenever you want, wherever you want.

Member Pages

Each member will get a customizable and searchable profile, allowing members to find each other based on location, skills, and interests. It will be a great way to showcase you and your work.

And companies will be able to search member profiles based on skills and location to find the perfect candidate for their needs.

Now, we aren’t trying to build a new social network. We’re just building the functionality we need to provide better service and support for you, our members.

A Job Board: We’ll have a simple job board where you can post a job or look for a new one. This will be exclusive to AWDG members, so you know the quality will be high.

A Simple Store: There will be a simple store to sell official t-shirts, stickers, and other goodies, saving us the monthly fees from an e-commerce provider.

We're Open Sourcing It!

Here’s the most important part. We’re going to open source the entire thing so other groups like ours can have a great platform to build their own websites. You’ll be able to contribute features and updates that help the community, and the AWDG can give back to all of you who make it great.

Once funded, we’ll run this like a regular client project. We have a number of talented people ready to help. The money we raise will go to pay for their time and the rewards you receive.

Of course, since it's open source you can help, too. Once the project is funded we'll launch the project on Github where you're free to contribute as much as you like.

What we'll do with the money.

First and foremost we want to pay regular rates to the people who help us build the website. Most of the budget will go to that. We'll also buy a nice video camera and some audio gear so we can make high quality recordings of our talks and panels. Lastly, we'll make all the awesome rewards you see over there on the right. If there's any left over, we'll leave in the general fund to help pay for awesome speakers and more cool events.

Pledge Already!

Please support our efforts and back this project. Pledge at the amount that feels right for you. There are lots of cool rewards for individuals, groups, and companies.

Thanks a lot, and I look forward to seeing you at the next event.

Risks and challenges

If you're here, chances are you know the risks involved in making a Website. This is no different. We'll run this like a client project and make sure to deliver a fantastic product.

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    Every bit helps. Even if you're not in Atlanta or an AWDG member, you can help us reach our goal. Consider this giving us a virtual high five!

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    Double High-Fives! You'll get a big thank you when we launch the Website and a limited edition AWDG sticker!

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    Receive a big thank you when we launch the Website and a handful of limited edition AWDG stickers!

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    Receive a *huge* thank you when we launch the Website, a Field Notes notebook, and a handful of limited edition AWDG stickers!

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    Receive a *huge* thank you when we launch the Website and an Invitation to the Backers-Only Website Launch Party.

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    Receive a *giant* thank you when we launch the Website, a your choice of limited edition AWDG t-shirt and a handful of limited edition AWDG stickers!

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    A *giant* thank you when we launch the Website, a your choice of limited edition AWDG t-shirt, a Field Notes notebook, and a handful of limited edition AWDG stickers, PLUS an invitation to the Backers-Only Website Launch Party!

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Everything from the $75 level, plus a limited edition "I Love the Web" poster designed by John Williams.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Exclusive AWDG t-shirt, a handful of AWDG stickers, and your name listed on the new website under our "Friends of AWDG" section.

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Exclusive AWDG t-shirt, some AWDG stickers, your name listed on the new website under our "Friends of AWDG" section, and VIP access to our Backers-Only Website Launch Party.

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    Exclusive AWDG t-shirt, AWDG stickers, exclusive AWDG poster designed by Jason Ottinger, your name listed on the new website under our "Friends of AWDG" section, and VIP access to our Backers-Only Website Launch Party.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Everything from the $250 level, PLUS: Get a reserved seat at regular series AWDG events for a year, as well as an onstage thank you at an AWDG event.

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    Great for companies!

    Your logo and link in the "AWDG Supporters" section of the Website for one year.

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    Be a Community Backer! Once we're done building the website we'll help you install and set it up for your group.

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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    Even better for companies!

    Your logo and link in the "AWDG Supporters" section of the Website for one year, PLUS: Your logo and link in all AWDG newsletters for one year.

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    Be an underwriter!

    You'll get all 4 exclusive AWDG t-shirts, a handful of stickers, 2 limited edition "I Love the Web" posters by John Williams, your logo and link in the footer of every page of the Website for one year, and your logo and link in all AWDG newsletters for one year.

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    Become our Benefactor!

    You'll get 8 exclusive AWDG t-shirts of your choice, two handfuls of stickers, 2 limited edition "I Love the Web" posters by John Williams, and 2 exclusive AWDG posters designed by Jason Ottinger, your logo and link in the footer of every page of the Website for 2 years, and your logo and link in all AWDG newsletters for 2 years.

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Funding period

- (30 days)